Philadelphia’s network infrastructure is messy, clumsy, and often
unseen by the general public. Wandering the streets, you may get a vague
understanding of what’s going on—a manhole cover sits unassumingly on
the crosswalk, or maybe a mysterious box with an antenna sits high upon a
wall in a back alley, humming into the night. Under your feet and above
your eye line, data is soaring by through brightly-lit fiber cable and
ethereal radio transmission. The city is alive, but few may ever
understand to what extent.